Closed eyes and loud breathing??

Hi, I have an eclectus parrot that I am worried about. About 3 days ago she was vomiting, she ate very little, her droppings were dark color and both her eyes were constantly closed. The next day her vomiting stopped, her droppings were returning back to its greenish color, her eyes were still closed all the time but I also noticed that if I listened carefully she would have somewhat of a noisy breathing that sounds like nasal congestion.

There was nothing around the nose or mouth, the bird was starting to eat. I got worried so I took my bird to the emergency vet but after the doctor examined my bird he said that the bird was stable and did not require any medication or other treatment. However today, my bird's eyes are still closed most of the time and if I listen very closely with my ear to her beak I can still hear that noisy breathing which makes me a bit worried eventhough the vet says it is okay.

Today, my bird has got her appetite back, has started talking a few words again and is pretty active and alert besides wanting to close both eyes most of the time and the breathing. I tend to over worry things because this bird is very precious and important to us all and especially my mom.

Thank you so much for your time.

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May 22, 2010
Closed eyes and loud breathing??
by: Linda

Your bird is very sick and will die unless you take her to a licensed and trained Avian Vet immediately. As Tracie said, regular dog and cat vets won't help because THEY ARE NOT LICENSED OR TRAINED TO DIAGNOSE OR TREAT BIRDS. They will ALWAYS tell you your bird is okay because they risk their license to practice if they go ahead and treat your bird and kill it which happens on a regular basis.

So, for all things birds, you must take them to an Avian Vet, and they are found in the phone book or online. Tracie has a link here to help find one, and there is always the Veterinarian Medical Association if that fails. Some dog and cat practices have an Avian vet on staff, and their ads in the phone book or online will have that information.

Your bird is sick with an upper respiratory infection which will turn into pneumonia if it has not already. Once this happens, she will go off food and water and begin to decline towards death very rapidly, so you don't have anymore time to waste.

The other issue here is to get her onto an organic, high quality pelleted diet for 80 to 85% of her diet and ONLY feed her organic fruit and/or veggies because you run the risk of pesticide/fertilizer residue with the stuff in the regular grocery store. A lot of the factory farms use manure for their fertilizer, and it sometimes infects the plants with dangerous bothchulism which can and does kill even people.

Tracie carries some organic pellets out here, and if your bird is eating mainly seeds, then this is one reason she is sick as an all seed diet is bad for any parrot, and is a death sentence for an Eclectus. Harrisons is one of the best and is Avian Vet recommended. It can take some time to change over. Fruit and veggies cannot be more than 10-15% of the entire diet meaning small amounts several times a week with the pellets being the majority of food. They also make a Birdy Bread mix and get organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor to use in it as hydrogenated oils are bad for humans and worse for birds. Here is link about changing over to pellets:
Switching Birds to Pellets article. and it was written by an Avian Vet.

Let us know how everything goes with your precious little bird.


May 22, 2010
Eclectus sick
by: Tracie

Dr B really can not help, since he can not examine your bird. Did you take your bird to an avian vet? If not, you really need to find an avian vet to examine your bird. Regular vets do not know enough about birds and often kill birds just from regular examinations.

Please let us know what happens after you take the bird to an avian vet.

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